Friday, January 26, 2007

We Don't Need a Low-Post Scorer

Folks. First of all, let me say: It's great to be here. I'd like to thank BenG007 for the password, CoachSkiles for the motivation (who else?), and Nocioni for the intangibles.

CoachSkiles, Forbes and I were at the game last night and needless to say, I am very happy with my 11 game package so far. The Mavs played well but we are just relentless on defense and not too many times when we're playing that well can other teams win games. Tyrus was, as expected, electric on defense, stuffing Nowitzki and making some impressive rebounds. Also, no paper has discussed it much but Ben Wallace had a fantastic game. Accordingly, Dampier was a non-factor with 7 pts and 6 boards while Wallace had 17 boards and 4 blocks.

The biggest thing to me last night was that, like the Mavs, we can really get baskets without a low-post scorer. Here's a great quote from Jerry Stackhouse:

"What they do, somebody is not going to be as effective," Stackhouse said when asked what Gasol might be like with the Bulls. "A guy like Deng cuts and slashes because you try to pay attention to their pick and roll. You throw a guy in the post and it's a different effect.

"Hinrich and Gordon, those guys won't have the ball in their hands as much and that's their strength, playing off the dribble. Pau's a handful, and he can cover a lot of ills, but you don't get a whole lot of defense with him."

Getting Gasol is going to change the on-court character of this team. On just an entertainment level, the Bulls are a brilliant team to watch. I'd hate to see some skinny, no-defense, finesse guy come in and make us have to start over.


Blogger Big Sweet said...

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6:37 PM  
Blogger Big Sweet said...

Welcome aboard Deng,

I like your Vitale-esque aversion to finesse Euro-guys. That's all.

6:38 PM  
Blogger CoachSkiles said...

Glad you made the jump.

I'll be back soon to discuss why the Heat suck.

I've been saying it since the pre-season, but I swear before the season is over someone will crash into Payton and he's just gonna explode in a cloud of dust. Only then will they seek a back-up point guard.

12:15 PM  

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